Marisa’s Wedding Planner Tell-All

Hi Love Birds,

As my time interning for Marisa comes to a close, I realize that I still have a lot of questions left unanswered! Do you ever wonder what it is like working as a Wedding Planner? I sure do, and there is no better person to ask than the boss lady herself! To learn a little more about what it’s like to be a wedding planner, I asked Marisa a couple of questions that I am most curious about from how she gets new inspiration to what skill is most surprising for a wedding planner. Marisa has a lot of insight and we are giving you a sneak peek of what goes through her mind when planning a wedding!

Photo Credit: Iris and Light

What do you love most about Wedding planning?

“I love working with the clients to create a vision for the day, draw it all out beforehand in the best ways possible, and then bring everything to life the day of the event. I love getting to enjoy the final product and one of the best parts of the whole process is being able to see the awe on the faces of the couple when it all comes together.”

Photo Credit: Amanda McKinnon

What is your favorite wedding moment?

“The moment when the bride walks down the aisle. At that point, we have been running around all day (setting up, styling, coordinating family, and everything you can think of), once the bride gets down the aisle, we can finally take a quick moment of relief. We have done our job, they are getting married and everything looks beautiful. Our team usually has a celebratory glass of champagne to toast the couple and our accomplishment while the ceremony is going on! That is probably my favorite moment of the day.”

Where do you go for new, fresh design inspiration?

“I’ve always found that collaborating with other really talented, innovative professionals has been the best way to create fresh designs. A lot of my new ideas birthed during this collaboration and paired with lots of internet research”

Photo Credit: Birds of a Feather

How do you stay organized?

“ Well, having a touch of OCD doesn’t hurt! The real key though is to write everything down and have a list for any and all things you can think of. There really should be a list for every single thing.”

What is the most surprising skill a Wedding planner needs to be successful

“Something that people don’t think about often is your communication skills. It is absolutely necessary to have strong interpersonal communication skills. This means communicating with both vendors and clients and keeping great relationships with them. This is done by communicating effectively so no one is in the dark about anything. You have to make sure that every person who is involved in the planning and event process feels heard, but you also can’t say yes to every request. So communicating effectively and balancing the relationships are both really key to being successful.”

Photo Credit: Next Exit Photography

What is your favorite wedding trend right now?

“I think my favorite trend is how weddings are ditching tradition! They are forming into events that are more like parties than formal, sit-down dinners. There are tons of new interactive activities for weddings that are becoming popular including having fun entertainment. Weddings are starting to have a lot more movement and feel less like everyone has to stay seated and watch the bride and groom.”

What is the most challenging part of being a Wedding Planner?

“The most challenging part is helping couples understand the balance between having their dream Pinterest wedding and having a wedding that they can afford. It is so much fun to play around with ideas online, but there has to be a little give and take in the relationship between one’s aesthetic ideals and what their wallet can manage.”

Photo Credit: Iris and Light

If you could change one thing about the Wedding planning process, what would it be?

“Something about the wedding industry is that it is mostly made up of many small businesses that each run their companies wildly different from each other. If I could change one thing, it would be to have one way that every company runs. It would be much easier to give an apples to apple comparison to the couples of what they are getting from each company if they all ran in the same way and had the same policies!”

How do you maintain strong relationships with different vendors?

“I definitely start with respect and some basic values like always treating someone the same way I would want to be treated. I strongly believe in friendly professionalism, because who wants to work with someone who isn’t like a friend! It also helps to have some kick-booty weddings and clients for the vendors to show off their work and include in their portfolios. We are all trying to help each other be successful!”

Photo Credit: Becca Rillo Photography

What advice would you give to an aspiring Wedding planner?

“Before all else, be prepared to work your butt off and go above and beyond of what you are asked. I would also say to make sure that you do your research because there is a lot to learn about the industry. Especially if you are creating a cultural wedding, you need to learn about the customs and traditions that you have to incorporate for your clients. Also always make a template for everything and save all of your work. This is great for going back and references what you have done in the past and how you can build off of it in the future. Communicate by email and track all conversations, orders, etc. And just remember, no one starts off knowing everything. It will always take trial and error to become a pro.”

Photo Credit: Iris and Light

Well, you all heard it here first from our amazing boss lady, Marisa! She knows the ins and the outs, and can definitely help you plan a killer wedding. Happy planning!

Happy Holidays from Our Family to Yours!

California Wedding Day Best Of 2017: Explore Our Amalfi Coast-Inspired Wonderland!

Hello loves!

We were super excited to have been honored at this year’s California Wedding Day Best Of 2017, in not just one but two ways! Today we’re sharing all the elaborate details straight from the event!

California Wedding Day is one of the most elite wedding style magazines in the country. Each year they host an awards celebration to honor the top California based companies in the wedding industry. On May 24th, magazine presented its “Best Of 2017” awards at the incomparable Vibiana. We at Marisa Nicole Events are thrilled to have been one of only four companies nominated for the category of “Best Wedding Planner – Los Angeles.” You read that right, that makes names us in the top four wedding planners in the whole of LA county. Yes! In addition to the honor of the nomination, we were one of three designers chosen to craft the interior of the celebration.

The theme for the event was “A Trip Around the World” and it began with guest check-in to their “flight,” accompanied by flight attendants and pilots in main lobby. Each guest got their very own special ticket to travel around the designed spaces in the venue.

The Amalfi Coast is one of the most beautiful places on earth so we decided to construct our area so exquisitely that the guests felt like they were transported to the classic Mediterranean landscape.

We worked to create a sense of organic elegance by pairing natural elements with charming luxe touches.

We based our pallet on saturated, varying blues, whites, creams and greens, and then incorporated small pops of warm touches with specs of gold hues and magenta bougainvillea. Our designs were full but loose, utilizing a variety of textures to bring our vision to life.

Because cuisine is of major importance to Mediterranean life, we designed our Amalfi corner around family style feasting tables situated under a Italian pergola. By hanging Edison lights, lush greenery and bougainvillea, we crafted an easy, enchanting coastal feel.

We loaded up our tables with blue and white linen and china, mixing patterns and colors to really bring out the aesthetic of the Amalfi culture. We also added in a touch of love to represent authentic Italian culture, brought to life by the Amore cutouts at each place setting.

We brought varying blues and crystal glasses, and gold touches in our place setting.

Candlelight, greenery and neutral blooms brought a sense of romance to our tablescape.

We mix and matched vineyard cross-back with upholstered chairs to reinforce our pairing of simple, relaxed details with yet elevated pieces.

Travelers were served libations from our Italian style bar from curated goblets.

After dining and drinking to their heart’s content, tourists took refuge in our lounge seating, which was made up of blue and white rugs, comfy couches, arm chairs and both glass and wooden tables.

Along with our Amalfi Coast-inspired lounge and reception, there were two other destinations to visit during the event: a Morocco-inspired lounge (designed by Events by Robin), and a London “Brit invasion” bar (designed by Kristeen LaBrot Events). The guests entered into the mod style London area clad with bright colors and abstract shapes.

Next up was the Moroccan lounge which highlighted two vignettes that imagined the Moroccan lifestyle: half the space incorporated crisp white and gold accents, while the other half showcased vibrant colors, patterns, and textures. We were so impressed by the hard work that the creators put into their spaces!

All photo credits: Carissa Woo Photography

We are so thankful to be nominated and to participate in such a wonderful event.

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Happy Holidays from Marisa Nicole Events


2015 has been a banner year! We have seriously adored all our clients and have collaborated with some seriously talented event creatives to produce one fabulously styled celebration after another. We are still swooning over all the gorgeous soirees we were a part of this year!

We at Marisa Nicole were also super excited to be chosen as a finalist for California Wedding Day Magazine’s Best of Weddings Award for Best Event Design Los Angeles and honored to win The Knot Best of Weddings for the third time!

We’re hoping 2015 has been as good to you as it was to us! Thank you so much for helping make this year so gosh darn fun!

Wishing you and yours a happy, merry holiday season!
The Sassy, Savvy Ladies of Marisa Nicole Events

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